DUBAI (Reuters) – Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov arrived in Iran on Wednesday, Iranian state television reported as world powers and Tehran fight to revive their 2015 nuclear pact, and negotiations have stalled.
Russia’s foreign ministry posted a clip of Lavrov’s opening remarks during a meeting with Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, in which he said Moscow was adapting to what he called the West’s aggressive policy.
“In all the countries that are experiencing the negative impact of the selfish line taken by the United States and its satellites, there is an objective need to reconfigure their economic relations so that they can avoid relying on the whims and fancies of our Western partners. said Lavrov. .
Last month, Moscow said Russia and Iran, both under Western sanctions and sitting on some of the world’s largest oil and gas reserves, had discussed replacing oil and gas supplies as well as setting up a logistics center.
While Moscow is challenging Western sanctions against Ukraine, Tehran’s clerical powers have struggled to keep Iran’s economy afloat due to US sanctions that were reintroduced after Washington left Tehran’s nuclear deal in 2018.
“During Lavrov’s visit, Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal, which strengthens bilateral and energy cooperation, as well as international and regional issues, will be discussed,” Iranian state media reported.
Iranian state television showed Lavrov meeting Raisi, but gave no details. The Iranian Foreign Ministry said on Monday that Lavrov’s visit was intended to “expand cooperation with the Eurasian region and the Caucasus”.
Indirect negotiations between Tehran and US President Joe Biden’s administration to reinstate the pact have been stalled since March, largely because of Tehran’s insistence that Washington remove the Islamic Revolutionary Guards from the US list of designated terrorist organizations.
Iran’s state news agency IRNA said Lavrov would meet with his Iranian counterpart, Hossein Amirabdollahian, on Thursday.
(Writing by Parisa Hafezi and David Ljunggren; Editing by Nick Macfie and Grant McCool)